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Photograph Collection
A large collection of publicity photographs compiled by the AAAMC, primarily of singers, musicians, and musical groups from the 1970s to 1990s.

Prelude to Swing Plus 50 (SC 2)
A collection documenting the 1986 Indiana University performance of Prelude to Swing Plus 50, an updated revival and 50th anniversary celebration of the 1939 musical revue Prelude to Swing, produced by Winona Fletcher. Included are posters, programs, production notes, publicity, videos, photographs, slides, and other related materials. 

An online finding aid for Fletcher's collection is available at:

Portia K. Maultsby Papers (SC 18)
Personal papers including reports, programs, and correspondence pertaining to various conferences, exhibitions, and radio/TV projects for which Maultsby served as consultant or participant. Included are music research and production files from the eight-part black history documentary Eyes on the Prize II (1990), produced by Blackside, Inc., with music selected and edited by Portia K. Maultsby and Lillian Dunlap. Also included are programs and videos documenting the Smithsonian Institution Program in Black American Culture, with a focus on classical, gospel, and rhythm & blues music.

An online finding aid for Maultsby's music industry interviews is available at:

Mark del Costello Collection (SC 21)
Music promoter Mark del Costello has assembled archival footage of black performers, as well as souvenir programs, posters, and photographs related to shows he has produced.

Jodie Hearon Collection (SC 26)
Photographs documenting rural life in the Mississippi Delta from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Donna Lawrence Collection (SC 60)
Materials documenting audiovisual exhibits produced by Donna Lawrence Productions. Included is the video documentary Music as Metaphor (1988), produced to accompany the exhibit, "From Victory to Freedom: Afro-American Life 1945-1965" (National Afro-American Museum & Culture Center, Wilberforce, Ohio).

Luvenia A. George Collection (SC 115)
Personal papers of ethnomusicologist and music educator Luvenia George, the majority documenting her work with the Smithsonian Institution's Duke Ellington Collection, as well as planning and program documentation for other SI conferences and productions. Also included are materials related to her gospel music research and a large collection of gospel music songbooks.

An online finding aid for the Luvenia A. George Collection is available at:

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Popular Music

Stan Lewis Collection
A selection of 45 rpm discs from the Jewel, Ronn, Paula, and Susie Q record labels.

DMC – USA (SC 10)
Videotapes covering the DMC Disc Jockey mixing competitions and instructional videos on mixing tips and tricks from world-renowned hip hop club DJs.

Johnny Griffith Collection (SC 25)
More than 300 record albums from the late 1950s through the early 1980s by various blues, gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues, rock, funk, and disco artists; a video taped performance of Johnny Griffith and jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell; personal recordings and a musical score by Griffith; and a taped interview with Griffith and an interview transcript.

Miles White Collection (SC 27)
A collection of commercial compact discs, audio cassettes, videotapes, LPs, and books on rap music and hip hop culture. Also included is a copy of White's MA thesis, “The High Fidelity Turntable System and the Creation of Hip Hop Music” (Univ. of Washington, 1996), supplemented by video footage of DJs demonstrating turntable techniques.

Michael Lydon Collection (SC 31)
Nearly 100 recorded interviews with Ray Charles and his family, friends, and associates conducted by Lydon between 1994-1997 and utilized in his book, Ray Charles: Man and Music (Routledge, 2004).

An online finding aid for the Lydon collection is available at:

Tom Reed Collection (SC 33)
Books and videos documenting black music in Los Angeles.

Harry Allen Collection (SC 34)
Articles, magazines, radio programs, and interviews on hip hop music and culture by journalist and “media assassin” Harry Allen.

Lee Bailey Collection (SC 38)
Audiocassette copies of over 500 one-hour weekly radio news programs (Radioscope and Hip Hop Countdown) on black popular and rap music from the 1980s and 1990s produced by Lee Bailey Productions. Artists include Curtis Mayfield, Teddy Riley, Berry Gordy, Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Quincy Jones, Montell Jordan, En Vogue, TLC, Queen Latifah, Arrested Development, De La Soul, Public Enemy, D' Angelo, Hammer, D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Ice-T., Heavy D., Tupac Shakur, Snoop Doggy Dog, Too Short, M. C. Lyte, Yo Yo, Dr. Dre, and L.L. Cool J.

Charles Connor Collection (SC 41)
Connor, known as “Little Richard's original drummer,” has donated materials documenting the period he spent on the road with Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Dee Clark, Larry Williams, Chuck Willis, and others. Included are more recent articles, interviews, and audio recordings of Connor and an unpublished book manuscript.

Michael McAlpin Collection (SC 49)
Production materials from the documentary Record Row: The Cradle of Rhythm and Blues, produced by McAlpin for WTTW/Chicago (1996). Record Row tells the story of the birth and emergence of Chicago’s R&B and soul music industry along a 12-block stretch of South Michigan Avenue that was home to a score of independent recording companies, most notably Chess Records. Included are scripts and transcripts of interviews with many prominent scholars, musicians, and industry professionals, including Ewart Abner, Al Bell, Jerry Butler, Lucky Cordell, Phil Chess, Marshall Chess, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, and Curtis Mayfield, among others.

An online finding aid for the Michael McAlpin Collection is available at:

Charles Sykes Collection (SC 58)
Research on the Motown Record Corp., including photographs; Motown-related videos and television programs; and audio and video interviews with vocalists, instrumentalists, arrangers, songwriters, producers, technical staff, management, and consumers. Interviews include Thomas "Beans" Bowles (saxophonist and first road manager of the Motor Town Revue), Maxwell Powell (image specialist at Motown's Division of Artist Development), Bobby Rogers and Ronald White (vocalists with the Miracles), Sylvia Moy (songwriter), and Michael McLean (audio technician).

Something in the Water: The Sweet Flavor of Dayton Funk (SC 65)
A collection consisting primarily of interviews conducted in 1997 and 1998 for the exhibit “Something in the Water: The Sweet Flavor of Dayton Funk,” a collaborative project between the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio, and the AAAMC.  Interviewees include parents, teachers, record store owners, disc jockeys, politicians, historians, sociologists, and various band members from Zapp, Dayton, Sun, Slave, the Dazz Band, and the Ohio Players.

An online finding aid for Something in the Water: The Sweet Flavor of Dayton Funk Collection is available at:

Mr. R&B Records (SC 66)
The complete catalog of Mr. R&B Records, a reissue label based in Sweden, including nearly 200 LPs of  blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, and gospel music from the 1930s through the 1960s.

Special Edition (SC 70)
Over 200 radio programs on black popular music from the 1970s and 1980s produced by Karen Shearer Productions for Westwood One. The programs include narration, interviews and recordings by artists such as the O'Jays, Tina Turner, Bobby Bland, Curtis Mayfield, Natalie Cole, B. B. King, Little Richard, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang, War, Patti LaBelle, the Staple Singers, the Spinners, Isaac Hayes, Diana Ross, the Jacksons, Peabo Bryson, the Commodores, Ashford & Simpson, Larry Graham, Isley Brothers, Barry White, George Benson, Aretha Franklin, the Pointer Sisters, Patrice Rushen, the Dells, Al Green, the Chi-Lites, Parliament-Funkadelic, Deniece Williams, the Ohio Players, Jerry Butler, Johnnie Taylor, the Four Tops, Teddy Pendergrass, Herbie Hancock, Booker T. and the MGs, Quincy Jones, the Temptations, Donna Summer, Zapp, and Luther Vandross. Transcriptions are available for some interviews and programs. This collection is jointly held with the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University.

Rhythm & Blues Foundation Collection (SC 90)
Materials compiled during the production of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Let the Good Times Roll, a series of hour-long radio programs hosted by Jerry "The Iceman" Butler and distributed by National Public Radio. Included are photographs, transcripts of interviews with various musicians featured on the shows, publicity materials, and a complete set of the radio programs on compact disc.

Three Tons of Joy with Johnny Otis

Three Tons of Joy with Johnny Otis.

Johnny Otis and Bill Griffith Collection (SC 100)
Original video masters for thirteen Johnny Otis Show television programs, taped in a Los Angeles studio by Griffith between 1974-1975 and featuring such guest artists as Delmar “Mighty Mouth” Evans, Marie Adams & the Three Tons of Joy, Joe Turner, Shuggie Otis, Pee Wee Crayton, and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson. Also included are five hours of unedited footage from Johnny Otis’s Oldies But Goodies musical revue, a live show in L.A. that featured popular artists of the rock & roll era lip-synching to their hit recordings. Taped by Griffith from 1975-1977, over 100 songs are performed by artists such as Emma James, Richard Berry, the Penguins, the Coasters, Shirley & Lee, Ted Taylor, Bobby Day, and the Medallions.

Johnny Otis Collection (SC 106)
Over 800 radio programs of black popular music (live and prerecorded), hosted by Johnny Otis, and featuring live interviews with blues and rhythm & blues artists from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Artists interviewed include Little Esther Phillips, Al Frazier, Mary Wells, Zola Taylor, the Coasters, Horace Silver, the Robins, Etta James, Big Jay McNeely, Bobby Day, Bumps Blackwell, Pee Wee Crayton, Jimmy McCracklin, and Joe Liggins. The radio programs are jointly held with the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University. Also included are photographs, memorabilia, books, and compact discs.

Phyl Garland Collection (SC 111)
Personal papers of the noted journalist Phyl Garland. Includes original typescripts of her columns for Ebony and record reviews for Stereo Review; related research materials; 41 audiocassette recordings of interviews with various musicians, artists, and filmmakers; and over 900 publicity photographs, bios, and press releases issued by record companies and representing a wide range of African American musicians and genres.

An online finding aid for the Phyl Garland Collection is available at:

Soul and Funk: the Naptown Sound (SC 113)
Interviews conducted for the Indiana Historical Society Exhibit, “Soul and Funk: the Naptown Sound” (2005), a collaborative project between the AAAMC and the IHS. Features interviews with various Indianapolis musicians such as Alan Bacon, James Bell, Clint Jones, Lester Johnson, Paul Middlebrook, Dick Pierson, Matthew Watson, and Rodney Stepp, as well as exhibit photographs, audio and video documentation, and production materials.

Karen Shearer Collection (SC 129)
Materials used in the creation of the syndicated radio shows Special Edition and Rock Chronicles, produced by Karen Shearer Productions for Westwood One. In addition to interview and program transcripts, there are hundreds of record company publicity photographs and press releases.

An online finding aid for the Karen Shearer Collection is available at:

Susan Oehler Collection (SC 131)
Collection of recorded performances and interviews with blues musicians conducted from 1995-1998 in Bloomington, Indianapolis, and Chicago that were utilized in Oehler's dissertation, “Aesthetics and Meaning in Professional Blues Performances: An Ethnographic Examination of an African American Music in intercultural Context” (Indiana University, 2001). Also included are several tapes recorded in Ghana in 1995 that document Ghanaian performing arts.

Nelson George Collection (SC 133)
Materials collected and compiled by Nelson George during the course of research for his book, Where Did Our Love Go?: The Rise and Fall of The Motown Sound (St. Martin's Press, 1985). Included are interviews (transcripts and/or audiocassettes), photographs, newspaper clippings, magazines, manuscripts, legal documents, correspondence, and subject files related to Motown Record Corp. and various artists.

Adelaide Hall Collection (SC 134)
Photographs and articles documenting the career of jazz vocalist and Broadway star Adelaide Hall.

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Religious Music

Wade in the Water Series (1993)
A 26-part series on gospel music conceived and hosted by Bernice Johnson Reagon and produced by National Public Radio. The series is accompanied by a curriculum guide.

Mellonee Burnim Collection (SC 7)
Over 100 hours of audio and video field recordings documenting worship services, funerals, and concerts of gospel music in the U.S., Cuba, Malawi, and Liberia. 

Vy Higginsen Collection (SC 28)
Recordings, complete script, book, photographs, poster, and promotional materials for the gospel musicals Mama, I Want to Sing; Mama, I Want to Sing II; and Born to Sing! Mama 3, written and produced by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro.

Bobby Jones Collection (SC 60)
Personal memorabilia and awards documenting the career of gospel music legend Dr. Bobby Jones.

Debbie May Collection (SC 62)
Contemporary gospel music videos donated by gospel music producer and manager Debbie May.

Arizona Dranes Papers (SC 135)
A unique collection of recording contracts and correspondence between Arizona Dranes and the Consolidated Music Publishing House (owner of the Chicago OKeh Records franchise).  Dranes recorded a series of groundbreaking gospel records in Chicago between 1926-1928 for the OKeh label. Her fees, activities, and relationship with the record label over a three year period are documented in these papers.

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Classical Music

The Undine Smith Moore/Black Composers Collection
Named after the highly regarded composer and educator, the original focus of the Undine Smith Moore Collection was on the collection and preservation of original music manuscripts by black composers. In recent years the collection has expanded to include printed scores, recordings, interviews, and photographs. Composers represented in the collection include Michael Abels, Lettie Alston, T.J. Anderson, Regina Harris Baiocchi, David Baker, William Banfield, Charles Coleman, William Dawson, Bethenia Ferrell, Donal Fox, Carl Maultsby, Portia Maultsby, Lena McLin, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Kermit Moore, Undine Smith Moore, Gary Powell Nash, Stephen Newby, Daniel Roumain, Kevin Scott, Hale Smith, William Henry Smith, Howard Swanson, Frederick Tillis, Gregory Walker, Julius Williams, and Michael Woods.

Extensions of the Tradition Collection
Extensions of the Tradition is an annual event featuring a concert of music by black composers with related exhibits and programs, co-sponsored by Indiana University's African American Arts Institute, the AAAMC, and the Jacobs School of Music. The event is documented through program booklets, flyers, photographs, and video and audio recordings.

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Black Radio

Note: Thumbnails of the photographs in the Ed Castleberry, George Nelson, Jack "The Rapper", Kathy Lewis, Rick Roberts, Skipper Lee Frazier, and Travis Gardner Collections are available as part of the AAAMC Black Radio Collection located at:

To view images from a specific collection, click "Sub Collection" and then the collection name on the right hand "Browse Black Radio" menu.

William Barlow Collection (SC 6)
Personal papers related primarily to Black radio, including press clippings, published and unpublished articles, and other research materials used by Barlow for his monograph Voice Over: The Making of Black Radio (Temple University Press, 1999). Also included are Barlow’s interviews with various blues artists and some recorded performances, collected during the course of research for his book “Looking Up at Down”: The Emergence of Blues Culture (Temple University Press, 1989).

Jack Gibson in Louisville

Jack Gibson in Louisville. (Courtesy Jack Gibson Collection)

Jack "The Rapper" Gibson Collection (SC 14)
A collection documenting the career of Black radio pioneer "Jockey Jack" Gibson. Includes a complete set of  Mello Yello, the oldest black trade magazine targeted to Black radio and the music industry, published by Gibson from 1976-1996. Also included are original air-check tapes, an unreleased video documentary about  Gibson, audio and video interviews with Jack Gibson and various colleagues, souvenir programs from "The Family Affair" (the oldest black radio and black music convention hosted by Jack Gibson), and photographs of radio personalities and rhythm & blues artists.

Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was (SC 39)
Production materials documenting the 13-part series on the role of radio in transforming the African American community in the twentieth century, produced in 1996 by Jacquie Webb for Smithsonian Productions, with assistance from the AAAMC. The collection contains over 400 hours of interviews and historical air-check tapes, in addition to photographs, articles, research files, and transcripts. The audio interviews feature conversations with over 150 well-known disc jockeys, radio professionals, record company executives, journalists, and scholars such as Ewart  Abner, Peggy Mitchell Beckwith, Dorothy Brunson, James Brown, Ed Castleberry, Lucky Cordell, Frankie Crocker, Lavada “Hepcat” Durst, Nelson George, Jack Gibson, "Jocko" Henderson, Vy Higginsen, Maurice "Hot Rod" Hulbert, “Doctor” Mable John, E. Rodney Jones, Tom Joyner,  Herb Kent, Hattie Leeper, Sid McCoy, Sidney Miller, Eddie O'Jay, Rev. Del Shields, Donnie Simpson, Novella “Dizzy Lizzy” Smith, Richard Stamz, Shelley Stewart, Percy Sutton, Martha Jean "The Queen" Steinberg, Rufus Thomas, Ike Turner, and Roy Wood.

An online finding aid for the Black Radio collection is available at:

Kathy Lewis Collection (SC 86)
Photographs documenting radio station WERD in Atlanta, including the interior and exterior of the studio as well as photographic images of several WERD publications and advertisements.

Ed Castleberry (SC 87)
A collection, primarily of photographs, documenting the career of Ed Castleberry. Includes publicity shots of disc jockeys, radio stations, and events sponsored by black radio stations, including WKVO Columbus (OH), WMBM Miami, and stations in Birmingham, Alabama.

Rick Roberts (SC 88)
Photographs documenting the career of Houston deejay Rick Roberts, including publicity shots of disc jockeys, musicians, and events sponsored by black radio stations, primarily KYOK in Houston.

George Nelson (SC 89)
Photographs documenting the career of Houston deejay George Nelson, including publicity shots of disc jockeys, musicians, and events sponsored by KYOK in Houston.

Skipper Lee Frazier Collection (SC 95)
Photographs documenting the career of well-known Houston deejay Skipper Lee Frazier, copied from his personal collection.

Travis Gardner (SC 96)
Photographs copied from the personal collection of Travis Gardner, documenting events and personnel at Houston radio station KCOH from 1960-1970. Accompanied by an interview transcript with Gardner’s descriptions of each photograph.

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Archives of African American Music and Culture
Indiana University
2805 E. Tenth St., Suite 180-181
Bloomington, IN 47408-4662
Phone: (812) 855-8547
Fax: (812) 856-0333

Last updated: 4 May, 2011

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